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Learning OpenCV 4 Computer Vision with Python 3 - Third Edition

By : Joseph Howse, Joe Minichino
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Learning OpenCV 4 Computer Vision with Python 3 - Third Edition

By: Joseph Howse, Joe Minichino

Overview of this book

Computer vision is a rapidly evolving science, encompassing diverse applications and techniques. This book will not only help those who are getting started with computer vision but also experts in the domain. You’ll be able to put theory into practice by building apps with OpenCV 4 and Python 3. You’ll start by understanding OpenCV 4 and how to set it up with Python 3 on various platforms. Next, you’ll learn how to perform basic operations such as reading, writing, manipulating, and displaying still images, videos, and camera feeds. From taking you through image processing, video analysis, and depth estimation and segmentation, to helping you gain practice by building a GUI app, this book ensures you’ll have opportunities for hands-on activities. Next, you’ll tackle two popular challenges: face detection and face recognition. You’ll also learn about object classification and machine learning concepts, which will enable you to create and use object detectors and classifiers, and even track objects in movies or video camera feed. Later, you’ll develop your skills in 3D tracking and augmented reality. Finally, you’ll cover ANNs and DNNs, learning how to develop apps for recognizing handwritten digits and classifying a person's gender and age. By the end of this book, you’ll have the skills you need to execute real-world computer vision projects.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Getting Haar cascade data

The OpenCV 4 source code, or your installation of a prepackaged build of OpenCV 4, should contain a subfolder called data/haarcascades. If you are unable to locate this, refer back to Chapter 1, Setting Up OpenCV, for instructions on obtaining the OpenCV 4 source code.

The data/haarcascades folder contains XML files that can be loaded by an OpenCV class called cv2.CascadeClassifier. An instance of this class interprets a given XML file as a Haar cascade, which provides a detection model for a type of object such as a face. cv2.CascadeClassifier can detect this type of object in any image. As usual, we could obtain a still image from a file, or we could obtain a series of frames from a video file or a video camera.

Once you find data/haarcascades, create a directory elsewhere for your project; in this folder, create a subfolder called cascades, and copy...